5 Delicious Fall Desserts to Enjoy During Your Cozy Retreat
Looking for some delicious desserts to pair with your meals for the holidays? Or do you want to fill up your beach house with the sweet smells of autumn? This blog has got you covered. We've gathered a selection of fall-themed desserts that are delightful and easy to make.
Whether you're out exploring or cozying up in your vacation rental, these simple desserts are sure to bring the comforting flavors of autumn right to your table. Let's delve into these fantastic recipes to enhance your vacation experience.
Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
Enjoy the heartwarming fall flavors with this quick and delightful Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake. A few ingredients and minutes are all it takes to have a warm, spiced cake ready to indulge in.
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 6 tbsp spelt, white, or oat flour
- 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp oil, butter, or additional pumpkin
How to Make
Mix the pumpkin puree, flour, sweetener, baking powder, and salt in a mug. Stir in oil or butter until smooth. Microwave for about 70-90 seconds or until the cake is set. Enjoy warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!
For more details, check out the full recipe here.
Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel Apple Dip is a delightful blend of sweet and tart, making it a perfect companion for crisp apple slices. It's a breeze to make and a surefire hit for any autumn gathering.
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
- Pinch of Salt
How to Make
Start by smoothing cream cheese in a bowl. Blend in sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and a pinch of salt. Spread the mixture in a small dish, ready for dipping with fresh apple slices, offering a creamy, sweet balance to the apples' tartness. For a step-by-step guide and more details on this delightful dip, check out the full recipe here.
Autumn Pear Bread
Autumn Pear Bread perfectly captures the essence of fall with its tender pear bits enveloped in lightly spiced bread. It's an easy-bake recipe, ideal for sharing the warm and cozy vibes of the season with loved ones.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely chopped peeled ripe pears
How to Make
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Blend in butter for crumbs. In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Fold into the flour blend, add pears, and pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Explore the step-by-step guide and additional tips on this comforting Autumn Pear Bread here.
Cranberry Walnut Tart
The Cranberry Walnut Tart is a delectable dive into autumn's bounty, offering a delightful mix of tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. This tart is a sweet homage to the cozy vibes of fall, providing a delicious reason to gather and celebrate the season.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
How to Make
Prepare the tart shell by mixing flour and butter, then add the beaten egg to form a dough. Press into a tart pan and bake briefly. For the filling, combine sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Add walnuts and cranberries, pour into the shell, and bake until set with a golden crust. Discover the step-by-step guide here to unveil more tips for a perfect tart to grace your autumn table.
Maple Pecan Bars
Maple Pecan Bars are a quintessential autumn treat that fills the room with a sweet, nutty aroma as they bake to golden perfection. With a soft crust and a rich, flavorful filling, they're a cozy dessert that pairs wonderfully with a cup of warm cider.
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup pecans, chopped (divided)
How to Make
Heat oven to 350°F and prep an 8x8 dish. Mix brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and eggs in a bowl. Blend in flour and baking powder, add half the pecans, and pour into the dish. Top with remaining pecans, bake for ~30 minutes until firm. Cool, then slice. For a step-by-step guide and additional tips on perfecting these delightful bars, discover the full recipe here.
Wrapping up a day of autumn adventure in Topsail Island, NC, with one of these delightful desserts is a slice of heaven. The ease of making these treats allows more time to enjoy the serene surroundings of your beach vacation. If you’re looking for a place to stay, discover the sweetest vacation rentals for your autumn retreat and make memories sprinkled with sugar and spice.
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